Cullen Scholars Press Release June 1, 2016
Earl V. Wells
Brian A. Gould
CULLEN FOUNDATION AWARDS OVER $55,000 IN
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR
Program eases tuition costs for families of high-achieving students attending local private schools
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Cullen Foundation today announced it has awarded $55,465 in 2016-2017 scholarship awards, benefitting a total of 10 students enrolled in the scholarship program’s eligible schools. The Cullen Scholars program seeks to mitigate financial challenges for families of high achieving students attending a private middle school and high school in Erie County. Each year, the program offers a select group of high-performing students entering grades 5 and 9 the opportunity to receive an annual scholarship for a private school in the BISON Scholarship Fund or Education Collaborative of WNY networks.
The private schools that hosted an inaugural student for this year’s program include Mary Queen of Angels; Nardin Academy; New Creation Fellowship Academy; Our Lady of Black Rock; St. Amelia School; Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart; Canisius High School; Nichols School; The Park School of Buffalo; and St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.
“As part of our continued commitment to increase access to high quality education and invest in the futures of our region’s underserved students, the Foundation is proud to support students attending the many fine private institutions in Erie County,” said Florine Luhr, president of the Cullen Foundation. “We are also pleased to have such valuable local partners assist us in our efforts to facilitate this program, which offers unique educational opportunities to some of our community’s brightest and most deserving students."
Scholarships are based on a student’s academic achievement, financial need, and character. The scholarships are partial and renewable for up to four years, contingent on meeting Cullen Foundation’s academic and financial criteria each year. For the 2016-2017 school year, the Cullen Foundation granted scholarship awards of up to $2,700 per year to middle school recipients and $8,500 per year to high school recipients.
Students accepted as Cullen Scholars participate in Buffalo Prep, which provides students with academic enrichment experiences throughout the year.
The program’s eligibility criteria for students includes an academic standing of at least a “B” average or above; demonstration of financial need; and a nomination by a BISON Fund school for a middle school scholarship or Education Collaborative WNY school for a high school scholarship.
For more information about the Cullen Scholars Program, please visit www.thecullenfoundation.org/scholars.